by Bradley Matthews
Should Trump enforce the federal ban on marijuana against those states where it is legal? Vote in our CBC reader poll!
For more on the marijuana issue, check out Going To Pot HERE
Remember your own words regarding legalizing at least Medical Marijuana. More of us older adults with Chronic Pain diseases. And elderly, along with cancer patients have chose this choice over the risks of Prescription meds which are also being taken away from patients in severe pain. Who are running out of options because doctors and pharmacies choose to allow overprescribing. We have checks in place to make sure people are not going drug shopping through different pharmacies and doctors so use those laws like the immigration laws on the books you just started enforcing. If more than half of our states have voted in some kind of marijuana laws than it should bypass Federal Laws by now. Please do not do an Obama on us and start busting law abiding sick people after telling us he was not going to bother Medical patients as soon as he got in office. I have managed to bring down scripts by using medical marijuana and if that is taken away along with the DEA taking sick and elderly folks meds. Is only going to lead to more Suicides. Because people can only handle so much pain!!! And like others have mentioned do not like being around drunks or crackheads but marijuana does not make you violent and does not kill you or your brain cells unlike the so called UT study says. Ask Bibi’s advice on the benefits of marijuana over pharmaceuticals or alcohol. A good show for people who do not have a clue is “Miracle Cure” wired for weed”, it is amazing what this plant can do. Changes lives for the better. Besides the industrial and monetary aspect. Unless you suffer severe pain or a rare or incurable disease you could not understand! Maybe you need to start talking to legal patients and get together with Israel they can teach you the benefits and things it can cure.
March 4, 2017,11:05 pm
Trying to stop people from using this product is useless and expensive. It’s just like prohibition of alcohol. You are providing criminals with an opportunity to conduct a lucrative illegal business, which you cannot stop, making criminals out of people for consuming a totally natural product that is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, and spend money on enforcement that is basically wasted. There are a number of beneficial compounds in Cannabis and it is quite effective as a pain reliever for many people. Legalize it, tax it like alcohol or cigarettes, cut the budget for DEA since they spend so much time chasing pot. I have used it in the past to relax and also as a pain reliever when prescription OPIOIDS did not work! Doctors, drug companies, and producers of food grade alcohol are against it for obvious reasons. Don’t get me wrong. I am not in favor of blanket legalization of all drugs. I have a framed letter from the DEA thanking me for helping shut down two big meth labs and the distribution organization. Studies have been being done for years now and very little if any adverse effects on adults have been documented. They keep trying to find a REASON to outlaw pot, but they just can’t seem to come up with a logical, documented, medical reason. It’s all about perception. I’m not a kid, I’m almost 69. Been around the block a few times.
February 27, 2017,3:44 pm
BAN BOOZE, ITS A KILLER…..
February 27, 2017,10:22 am
IF IT IS LEGALIZED… insist it be grown in a centralized Industrial Grow Operation on City Water, in buildings with carbon filter systems with commercial electric rates, city police to secure the area, In the Precincts that Approved it. Do not allow them to use greenhouses unless they can blackout the light. It looks like a football field. My community voted overwhelmingly against it. Town people wanted it, but not next door to them… I now have 6 growers next door… stinks, sucks up a huge amount of water and jeopardizing existing sole source wells, is extremely unattractive, brings in a very unsavory group of “Bud Tenders”, increased the number of people in the neighborhood with criminal records, brought in investors from outside and changed the entire neighborhood, and none of these people vote in our precinct. It is a multi million dollar industry, just like big tobacco and my community sees none of the benefits. Good luck.
February 27, 2017,12:40 am
Jack Sprat, nice choice of a name, and your sarcasm fits. Of course, sarcasm and insults are what some people fling about when they have no answers. You cannot win over young people with hypocrisy, and again – marijuana does not cause auto accidents.
February 26, 2017,3:08 pm
The downward trend in morality in America in is in concurrence with the dumbing down of education and disparaging of Christian spiritual values. So the acceptance of pharmacological crutches will only accelerate the deterioration of societal values.
February 26, 2017,2:30 pm
Yes Loretta, its not fair. What we need to do is legalize marijuana, increasing the number of pot smoking drivers on the road, so that the numbers of vehicle accidents due to pot use can increase and fairly begin to compete with those due to alcohol.
February 26, 2017,1:11 pm
Marijuana has never been blamed for vehicle accidents. This morning’s news, however, reports that 28 people were critically injured at Mardi Gras yesterday when a DRUNK driver crashed into two cars and then the crowd.
February 26, 2017,7:22 am
Oh great ! Just what we need. More people killing people on our highways from pot use as if there are not enough deaths from booze. Dennis S.
February 26, 2017,7:16 am
Trump needs to stay out of this. Just because he has never had a drink, or smoked, doesn’t mean he gets to choose what the states vote on. If he had his way he’d ban them too, but he doesn’t have the power.The will of the people,over-rides what he wants. He can’t ban something that’s already been passed, and implemented.
February 26, 2017,2:04 am
Legalize it. It’s comparable to 1920’s prohibition. People are going to do it anyway. Don’t allow cartels to be enriched by draconian law in America. Decriminalize it. Keep marijuana dollars in America, not Mexico. Only big pharma companies are opposing it.
February 26, 2017,1:45 am
Marijuana has medical uses. Without it I would have been living with severe pain and had no desire to eat and if I did the food wouldn’t stay down. That was 30 years ago and I’m still surviving to this day because of it. I quit several times and went back to dealing with severe pain with no appetite and had to return to it. No legal prescriptions, and I’ve been on many didn’t help and had terrible side effects.
February 26, 2017,12:23 am
When I was young I tried whatever anyone gave me, when I noticed it doing damage I stopped.just used cannabas, the only thing I noTiced was it affected my lungs as cigarettes, so I stopped.35 years later I was stage 3 multiple myeloma, no cure, just a couple Of being sick on chemo. Some one told me that hemp oil would cure me, that was a better choice for me, the Bible says there’s a cure for all diseases in seed bearing plants which it is. I took it only at bedtime, was able to rest and heal.also lots of prayers. My husband was a veteran with PSD , they gave him.prescription drugs that made him a somby, went out and shot himself. Had emphysema from smoking. What scares me is GMOs ,vaccines, By the way after my husband died, I read the long list of side effects, one said suicide.
February 25, 2017,10:31 pm
Its more about zen and mother earth for this injun than any profit, it heals in spiritual ways if used correctly
February 25, 2017,8:46 pm
Legalize it ,there are much more important issues to deal with than weed and it will create jobs and revenue for the country and they can tax the shit out of it .just my opinion.
February 25, 2017,7:56 pm
I just have to say, I’m both surprised and not about the uneducated that’re posting comments about something they have no experience with, understanding of and biased hatred for – sounds like the liberal media. Of course they believe what they’ve been told, but I would’ve thought people here would educate themselves before posting fake news about this PLANT – it is not a weed, it is not addictive and it is NOT a gateway drug. It’s properly called Cannabis and some of it’s more well known names were created by the government to demonize this plant.
In any case, this is something for the states to decide, just as the “Bathroom Laws” are (that’s even a cartoon here). Federal Government has no business making states’ decisions for them. The Federal Government is only intended to handle matters that the states can’t (war or national highways, for instance).
I’m glad most of the comments have been intelligent and I have to consider the poll skewed (still pretty good for all the disinformation surrounding the topic). I do think there are a lot of people afraid to vote what they really think, regarding this poll and that the proper “No” answer (for anyone who believes in states’ rights) would be higher, otherwise.
February 25, 2017,5:45 pm
The only way to control the use is to legalize it….federally and collect the taxes instead of the dealers making a good tax free income from it…pot is safer than alcohol and its legal….
February 25, 2017,4:23 pm
No. Prohibition helps cartels and dealers. The enforcement hurts families and keeps any drug problems in the dark. Do you want to help your fellow citizens? Bring it out in the open. Legalize drugs and save the next generation. If I have to show an ID to buy certain drugs why can’t we make sure that all drugs are signed for. At least we now know who is using and can offer help if needed. As of now, you don’t even know who does drugs and who doesn’t. Fifty + years of foolishness and wasteful spending and we still keep doing the same things. Try something different.
February 25, 2017,4:17 pm
I’d like to know if anyone commenting here in opposition to legal marijuana have any experience living with marijuana users. An awful lot of untrue, uninformed things are being said. I personally have a close family member who, as a teenager, went straight from alcohol to hard drugs. Alcohol – not marijuana – was a gateway drug for him. And yes, alcohol IS a drug in spite of the government trying to make a distinction between the two. Again, young people are not being fooled by the hypocrisy.
February 25, 2017,4:17 pm
Yes -We have enough carnage on our streets and highways. Only winners are lawyers
February 25, 2017,4:07 pm
no more government . esp for medical marijuana. more important things to deal with like illegal immigration and too many unvetted refugees . trump. thought u ran on less govn not more
February 25, 2017,3:59 pm
Barbara – does that mean we can execute all the drunk drivers and drunken spousal abusers and bar brawlers? Sounds like a plan to me!
February 25, 2017,3:54 pm
FREEDOM means FREEDOM. Limited government means stop telling us how to live our lives and what to do in the privacy of our own homes. Of course, billionaires got to stick together. Big Pharma sees pot as a threat to it’s profits, THAT’S why Donald wants to enforce the unconstitutional anti-pot laws. Oh, yeah, and to suck up to the religious right. Keep your promises Donald, eliminate unreasonable government regulations and stay the hell out of our private lives!
February 25, 2017,3:48 pm
taking weed is part of the problems now , if you are on weed or any other drugs and injure or kill anyone you should be put in front of a firing squad. if there was not anyone on illegal drugs the world would be a better place to live in, I believe peoples brains are effected bad when they have been taking illegal drugs was gone
February 25, 2017,3:48 pm
The government has no business telling people how to live as long as they do not harm others. If people want to do foolish things, they should be allowed to do so. Marijuana has less harmful effects than alcohol which is perfectly legal to consume.
February 25, 2017,3:24 pm
The only people who voted to keep weed legal is addicts…… It has virtually no
medical value…… We have enough narcotics legal now anyway……Stupid move to make it legal…… Just asking for trouble……
February 25, 2017,3:01 pm
Fran, that was the same argument Joe Friday and Bill Gannon made in “Dragnet 1967.” It wasn’t true then, and it certainly isn’t true now. Please, give it up already; you’re just embarrassing yourself.
February 25, 2017,2:55 pm
HEMP, THE ALMOST PERFECT PRODUCT
1) biodegradable, just think of what it would save from going into landfills and oceans; common knowledge;
2) non-toxic, just think of what this means, no brain damage, no hallucinations, etc.; common knowledge;
3) nutritious, high in proteins; aids with several maladies of the human body and mind; https://dr.axe.com
4) keeps our
February 25, 2017,2:54 pm
So, what does it tell you about this forum when 90 plus percent of the comments are pro-states rights, pro-freedom, libertarian with regards to marijuana, but the “poll” shows a majority in favor of continuing the unwinnable “war on some drugs?” That only the thinking people comment?
February 25, 2017,2:52 pm
If weed is allowed, in a few years we will be back to the smoking situation, where now everyone is addicted to cigarettes. and trying to stop. or ending with lung cancer. Only this time it will be worse, as weed will eventually not get you high enough, so the people smoking it will turn to something stronger and young minds will be ruined! I know certain people will find someplace to get it if it is banned, but at least some young minds will be saved!
February 25, 2017,2:48 pm
Biggest disappointment if Trump goes back to spending millions trying to punish people for smoking a weed that grows wild. Drive stoned, go to jail, works for me, but the fedgov has no damned business telling the states what they can allow their people to use. My first real disappointment with this administration; Trump is supposed to get regulations off our backs, not add to them.
February 25, 2017,2:47 pm
Let the states decide
February 25, 2017,2:44 pm
All the man can do is what he is doing either way it goes those who choose to smoke the crap will find it and smoke it and condone their kids and other dumb so called adults to smoke, snort or shoot up which ever the dope’s want to do. Just fix it so those who do do drugs pay the full price for what ever damage their stupid habit causes to themselves or other people. The world today is full of insane idiots.
February 25, 2017,2:32 pm
Obama ignored the laws he did not like and should have been impeached for that. Trump should enforce the law or have the law changed.
February 25, 2017,2:27 pm
States rights should prevail here.
February 25, 2017,2:26 pm
I smoke pot because Ohio is being too strict on pain meds.
February 25, 2017,2:08 pm
Barb, Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln died of “milk sickness”, which was caused by drinking the milk or eating the meat of cows that had eaten white snakeroot. Several of LIncoln’s neighboring settlers died of milk sickness that fall.
February 25, 2017,2:00 pm
Barb A. This sounds like you were paid to post this comment
February 25, 2017,1:59 pm
I have never used marijuana nor ever will. I don’t want smoke of any kind in my lungs. BUT I have lived with a weed smoker, and I have lived with a drunk, and I will live all the days of my life with a weed smoker rather than a single day with a drunk. It is NOT marijuana that causes fetal alcohol syndrome OR the thousands of dismemberments, disfigurings, and deaths caused annually by drunk drivers. The hypocrisy of banning marijuana is apparent * especially to our young people * when alcohol continues to be legal. Prohibition did not work for alcohol and will not work * indeed HAS not worked for marijuana * nor should it be tried. Ban booze or legalize weed. People see through the hypocrisy.
February 25, 2017,1:56 pm
Should be a State’s issue, not federal. U.S. Gov should also release its illegal patent on marijuana.
February 25, 2017,1:53 pm
Drugs are evil and it is one way to destroy this nation! Americans wake up the time for change is here if you want a happy, moral and safe life for you and your grandchildren we have to stop DRUGS
February 25, 2017,1:52 pm
This one posted, the other did not.Much has been written and studied as to regards how marijuana affects fetuses; a bit of that information follows: What happens in the normal cycle of becoming pregnant is nourishment and poisons pass through the placenta on its way to either nourish the fetus or bring harm to it. THC is one
of the poisons that can be delivered this way, as are drug, OTC toxins as well as Big Pharma drug
toxins. Studies that follow these fetuses, their development and birth show the following:
1) poorer eye site;
2) lower birth weights, which if the baby were to come early would likely affect whether it lives or dies;
3) higher incidents of heart defects;
4) difficult with breathing;
1) cognitive impairment; diminished cognitive ability;
2) lower verbal scores;
3) memory is affected;
4) reasoning ability on testing is too often present at ages three and four;
5) asthma; breathing;
6) chest infections; http://independentsentinel.com
Finally, but certainly this is just a micro-tip of the information that should have been read and studied before allowing marijuana to be legal for medical and/or social use!
The University of Utah, School of Medicine writes: Usage during pregnancy nearly increases fetal/newborn deaths, (3), three times as to those that do not use marijuana and this is just with the use of marijuana and no other substance abuse.
In closing, two comments: 1) brain cells are killed with the use of marijuana; thus causing many maladies; 2) although marijuana is said not to cause lung cancer, and if marijuana is far worse to inhale, then the chances of other pulmonary diseases will become more prevalent with the continuous, moderate use of this drug. Brain cells do not reproduce … what does this tell you?
Is it worth the destruction of our citizen’s minds? Is it worth the associated health risks, deaths, property damage, etc. I do not think so.
Gangs use marijuana and mix it with formaldehyde. One marijuana joint or cigarette is equal to 2.6 of tobacco..cigs.
February 25, 2017,1:38 pm
I tried to post here..guess it was destroyed…do not see it..
February 25, 2017,1:32 pm
That should be up to the states. He is not a DICTATOR😡!!! I under stood he was for individual privacy 😳!!! Now he is trying to dictate to people how they should live. Use the same rules that are in place for drinking alcohol 😳 !!! Dang that was an easy one 😳 !!!
February 25, 2017,1:31 pm
Remember the prohibition on alcohol, that didn’t work either. Legalize It, tax it, and move on.
February 25, 2017,1:29 pm
It is a drug and should not be legalized. All we need are more people high, texting and driving,!!
February 25, 2017,1:20 pm
The people need to make that decision it has saved lives if
anything alcohol is more of a problem than marijuana!
February 25, 2017,1:06 pm
Did accident investigation for years.
Less than 1% due to weed, 80% alcohol.
The rest rx. drugs, misc drugs.
Also distracted driving. Separate category.
The numbers tell the story.
Hardly any violence associated with weed use especially in comparison with alcohol.
Great for replacing prescription meds for insomnia, depression, anxiety, pain.
Been in use safely for thousands of years.
Hardly any adverse affects in comparison with side effects of rx drugs, which can kill you
Was made illegal when prohibitionwas repealed.
Had to put the federal agents to work somewhere.
Read the history.
Pharmaceutical industry, timber industry, alcohol producers, chemical/oil against it.
Many uses for industrial hemp products, better paper, auto body parts that do not dent, break.
Check it out, if you dare to buck the establishment, see the real reason m.j.was made illegal.
It wasn’t because it got you high, it was because corporations didn’t want cheap competition from something they couldn’t patent.
Be educated, informed.
February 24, 2017,11:16 pm
Let the states decide. We the People want to smoke pot! Change the Federal law! I am a Trump supporter.
February 24, 2017,6:29 pm
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